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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew McGough Narrator: Matthew McGough Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739320525
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Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers. So, in the Fall of 1991, he wrote a letter in his very best penmanship to the New York Yankees asking for a position as a bat boy.
 
Miraculously, he got the job, and on April 7, 1992, Matt walked into the madness of the Yankee clubhouse on Opening Day. And there was Don Mattingly, Donnie Baseball himself, asking him to run an errand, an errand which soon induced panic in the rookie bat boy. Thus began two years of adventures and misadventures—from the perils of chewing tobacco while playing catch with the centerfielder, to being set up on a date by the bullpen, to studying for a history exam at 3:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium, to his own folly as Matt gradually forgets he’s not a baseball star, he’s a high school student.
 
BAT BOY captures the lure and beauty of the American pastime, but much more it is a tale of what happens to a young man when his fondest dream comes true. Matthew McGough wonderfully evokes that twilight time just before adulthood, ripe with possibility, foolishness, and hard-won knowledge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wonderful. . . . It should eventually find its way to that very short shelf of enduring sports nonfiction, perhaps somewhere between Ball Four and Friday Night Lights. Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam
  • A terrific memoir, combining an endearing coming-of-age story with a unique window on the inner world of baseball. It is warm, witty, shrewd, and entertaining from start to finish. Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • [McGough] writes fondly and opens a window that baseball fans rarely see. The Tampa Tribune
  • McGough provides humorous, often poignant, observations about Bronx Bombers legends. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 11/15/2013

    " Fun, light reading and a must read for Yankee fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 4/22/2013

    " Matthew McGough's story of his two years as a Yankee batboy. I liked the insight into life inside the clubhouse. I also enjoyed his honesty about himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/31/2012

    " Good summer reading. Light but interesting description of life behind the scenes in an MLB clubhouse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 8/18/2012

    " Terrific book. Any baseball fan would enjoy the stories McGough tells. Everything you thought about being a batboy and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 9/1/2010

    " If you're a baseball fan, this is a great behind the scene look at baseball, as seen by a teen-aged batboy in the early 90s with the Yankees. I'm a Yankee fan, so it was especially interesting to find out which players were nice and who weren't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 8/2/2010

    " This boo was inspiring. It was about a boy who's dream was to be a bat boy and he did it but through out the book he struggle to mix school with work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Barbera | 2/21/2009

    " A Yankee fan must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/1/2008

    " Just finished this book, and it was a great time to read it considering it had firsthand accounts of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. The Boss gives the author a scholarship for college. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 10/9/2007

    " Good book, fun to read about the Yankees behind the scenes. A couple of things were disappointing to see, from a fan perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn | 4/9/2006

    " I read this book in one night. The only thing I can say is that I'm highly jealous of the author!!!! "

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